Recently, I got a recommendation to read a book about the under-the-cover story about what this “life” that leans on technology is doing, down deep.
"The Hyperlinked Life” talks about how our brains get rewired as we live a connected/hyper-linked life. The authors make the following claims.
- It is a privilege to have access to information, as we have it.
- We need to do a digital detox, now and then.
- We all need to practice a digital Sabbath. Go analog, at least for one cycle of the sun, once a week. We need to watch sunsets, take walks, have coffee with a friend, make something by hand and look a loved one in the eye, with nothing on our person that is online.
- Well-being in contingent on off grid time.
- We should develop hyperlinked habits that define the real now, not the “you” that you want to be. Don’t let your online profile be different than the real you. Present a fair, undoctor ’d you.
- Mentor and be mentored by the next generation. They are most likely at risk to letting the hyperlinked life rule them.
- Redefine your idea of stewardship to include technology. Expand it from its current, “time, treasures and talents,” to include technology.
- Shift from using people and loving devices to loving people and using devices.
- Be discerning in what you call “information.” The source is more important than the content. Take the time to discover the source. The “Internet” isn’t a source.
I personally love the value and freedom that comes from information access. Yet, we need to take what is called a technology Sabbath. Take a day a week, and live it, unconnected to the rest of the world’s devices. Take a walk, sit on the porch, love the ones you are with, and don’t check email/VM/Facebook or social media. Get back to how you are made.
Each weekend, I walk away from my Smartphone, and I feel no guilt. Sure, training for a world class competition takes up much of my time, but I don’t feel at a loss when my phone is off.
How do you digitally detox?
How do you handle the obsession over what society has labelled as “working moments,” when they are really signs of an addition?